The best gifts we can give during the holidays are those that reflect the messages of the season: light over darkness, love over hate, grace over unforgiveness and joy over sorrow.
Here at Gracious Garlands we felt called to connect our mission of spreading joy throughout the community to an organization founded in love, Thistle Farms in Nashville, TN. We hope you’ll join us in this effort!
Still thinking about what to give those you love? Or maybe you have a little more that you feel you can give to others this holiday? We have the perfect idea for a gift that is as simple as a few clicks yet incredibly involved and meaningful. Scroll down for examples of what different monetary amounts can provide for these women… a little goes such a long way!!
Founded in 1977 by Rev. Becca Stevens under the name Magdalene, Thistle Farms is a community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. Thistle Farms manages an inmate program and a two-year residential program that offers housing, medical care, therapy, education and job training without charging women or receiving government funding. The women of Thistle Farms have developed practical ways we can love one another without prejudice or judgment.
Many people like to know what good their donations are providing. Here is a list of common costs that women at Thistle Farms encounter and how your donations can greatly help!
Weekly food costs – $30 / woman
GED Exam – $30 / woman
Entrance lab tests – $35 / woman
One hour of individual therapy – $45 / woman
Weekly living expenses allowance – $45 / woman
Entrance physical examination – $50 /woman
Dental Exam – $75 / woman
Dedicated/specialized therapeutic group facilitator – $50
One month bus pass $60 / woman
Month supply medication – $60 / woman
Clothing upon entry – $100 / woman
Vision Assessment / Glasses – $150 / woman
There is an option to choose to give these donations in honor of a loved one, and Thistle Farms will notify them of this extremely loving gift. You can click here to be taken to our donation page and then, click on donate to give to Thistle Farms today!
Thistle Farms believes that in the end love is the most powerful force for change in the world. And, we couldn’t agree more!
Joy to the World!